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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New York's 8th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Jeffries’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Jeffries’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Jeffries introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jeffries introduced 5 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 184: Of inquiry requesting the President ...; H.R. 449: Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of ...; H.R. 995: 21st Century Respect Act; H.R. 3229: To protect the safety of ...; H.R. 3979: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 415 bills that Jeffries cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked 42nd most liberal compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Jeffries’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Ranked the 46th top leader compared to House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Jeffries’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 52nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 19 others)

7 of Jeffries’s bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 184: Of inquiry requesting the President ...; H.R. 449: Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of ...; H.R. 2617: Renew Act of 2017; H.R. 3229: To protect the safety of ...; H.R. 3945: CASE Act of 2017; H.R. 3979: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act; H.R. 7118: Excessive Use of Force Prevention ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 98th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Jeffries cosponsored 415 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Jeffries introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3979: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Jeffries’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 449: Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of ...; H.R. 3979: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Jeffries’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Jeffries caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Jeffries held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Jeffries’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Jeffries’s bills and resolutions had 329 cosponsors in the 115th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Jeffries missed 3.7% of votes (45 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Jeffries’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Jeffries supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jeffries 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.